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Eastern Europe fears closer French-Russian ties amid Ukraine crisis

Palanga - Several Eastern European countries are becoming increasingly worried that the West may abandon Ukraine in return for Russian backing in Syria, as Paris, Moscow and Washington develop closer ties in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Kosovo PM vows to protect Serbian churches ahead of UNESCO vote

Vilnius - Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Monday pledged to protect Serbian Orthodox Christian sites just hours before a key vote which could see it admitted as a member of the United Nations cultural body.

NATO halves Baltic air policing mission

Vilnius - NATO on Tuesday said that from September it will reduce its air patrols over the Baltic states, which it stepped up amid concern over Russia's activity in the region.

NATO keeps mum on 'Baltic brigade' request: Lithuania

Vilnius - NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

Lithuania says can take in 250 refugees, migrants

Vilnius - Lithuania said Wednesday it has decided to resettle up to 250 Syrian refugees, migrants and asylum seekers transferred from Italy and Greece, as the European Union grapples with how to handle a crisis in the Mediterranean.

Why Lithuania may be the next IT hotspot

Recently we have seen reports of B2B companies moving into Lithuania’s borders and setting up shop. Google is also establishing a presence in the small Baltic state.

NATO flexes muscles in Baltics, Poland

Vilnius - US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia's nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.

Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

- Defence ministers for the three Baltic states said Thursday they are mulling a joint air defence system in response to security concerns over Russia's activity in the region.

Baltics to ask NATO for thousands of troops

Vilnius - The Baltic states will formally ask NATO to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, Lithuania said Thursday, but the alliance gave no assurance that the request would be accepted.

Op-Ed: Voice of America disappoints

U.S. taxpayer funded Voice of America (VOA) has problems offering timely analysis of Kremlin propaganda, such as President Putin's latest defense of the Hitler-Stalin Pact which launched World War II.

For Lithuanian resistance, Soviet WWII win meant new war

Kavarskas - Jonas Kadzionis was just 17 when the Soviet Union celebrated victory in WWII. But for him and thousands of other Lithuanians, it only marked the start of another brutal conflict.

OSCE chief urges Ukraine rivals to seize 'good chance for peace'

Vilnius - The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged the warring sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the region.

Lithuania reopens CIA 'black site' investigation

Vilnius - Lithuanian prosecutors said Thursday they have reopened an investigation into allegations that the Baltic nation hosted a secret US interrogation centre for Al-Qaeda suspects a decade ago.

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

Vilnius - NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation.

Chile, Canada clash in women’s field hockey qualifier in Dublin

Dublin - The Chilean women’s national field hockey team continued its remarkable participation in the second round of the Women's FIH World Hockey League tournament in Ireland. The South Americans will face the Canadian team seeking to advance to the semifinals.

25 years on, Lithuania's freedom icon warns of 'Putin war era'

Vilnius - A quarter-century after Lithuania's split from the Soviet Union, the architect of the Baltic state's independence Vytautas Landsbergis has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin's brand of imperialism risks new wars in Europe.

Lithuania to reinstate conscription amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania announced on Tuesday it would return to limited conscription later this year as concern mounts over Russian military exercises near NATO Baltic states.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Lithuania joins eurozone to seal ties with West

Vilnius - Lithuania switched over to the euro on Thursday, becoming the last Baltic nation to adopt Europe's single currency in a bid to boost stability despite fears of inflation and eurozone debt woes.

U.S. troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015: General

Vilnius - U.S. troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.
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